With Logan coming out soon, I decided to rent X-Men Apocalypse from RedBox and check it out. X-Men Apocalypse has a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so critics were split on the movie. Just from browsing around the internet, my impression was that it wasn’t as good as Days of Future Past. Therefore, I was a little skeptical going in.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT X-MEN APOCALYPSE
Going into the movie, I thought that Sophie Turner’s performance was going to be terrible. I used to watch Game of Thrones, and I always found her acting to be very wooden. She didn’t really emote a lot in the show. I should note that I haven’t watched Game of Thrones since season 3. But, I liked her acting in X-Men. Her acting didn’t distract from the movie like I expected it to. It was also cool to get a little tease of the dark phoenix character during the third act. I bet this will be the basis for the next movie.
As always, Professor X and Magneto are the stars in the movie for me. I always liked their interactions because, while having completely different mentalities, they remain friends. Even though Magneto kills people all the time. It was interesting to see that Professor X restored the memory of Moira. That’s something I wasn’t expecting, and I wonder if their relationship will play a major part in future films.
I thought that Apocalypse was a menacing villain although his character wasn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. His strength was on a whole other level compared to the X-Men, and a lot of the other Marvel movies don’t really show the power of their villains. Usually Marvel movies have a lot of minions instead of one powerful villain to fight. I mean it took all of Jean Gray’s power to kill him. We all know that Jean is one of the most powerful X-Men out there.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT X-MEN APOCALYPSE
Jennifer Lawrence really phoned this one in. I don’t understand why the movie focused so much on the character of Mystique. Mystique doesn’t really strike me as a leader for the new generation of X-Men. She only seems to care about Magneto and her own interests. I also don’t really like Lawrence as an actress, so I’m a bit biased in that regard.
Cyclops wasn’t anything special in this movie. I know that he is young and discovering his powers, but I didn’t really like the actor’s performance. He seemed a little awkward.
The four horsemen seemed like a cool idea, but they are taken out pretty easily by a bunch of kids. Angel really wasn’t a threat. Psylocke had some cool weapons, but she fought to a stand still with Beast. Storm was really the only character that I liked. She had a back story and you could understand her motivations for joining Apocalypse. She was rescued from stealing money on the streets to allying herself with Apocalypse, then realizing that Apocalypse was insane and just wanted to kill everyone. Storm was a leader in the original trilogy, so I wonder if she’ll take on that role in future movies.
Some parts had really bad and obvious CGI.
Havok and Cyclops’ relationship could have been developed over the course of the movie, but Havok was killed too early on. I think that is a missed opportunity. We didn’t see his body, so maybe he survived.
No Jubilee during the battles? Maybe she’ll get more of a role in the sequel.
TS AND GRADE
Overall, I liked the movie. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. There were some things that I didn’t agree with, but it was still an enjoyable movie.
Final Grade: C